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Sunday, 31 May 2020 04:47

Mchinji Police introduces first ever media awards

Written by  Aaron Banda
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Mchinji, May 31, 2020:Mchinji Police Station on Friday introduced the first-ever Officer in-Charge Media awards aimed at motivating journalists to write on issues aimed at enhancing safety and security in the district.

Speaking during the launch, Mchinji Police Station Officer in-Charge Owen Maganga said the station decided to introduce the awards as one way of motivating journalists across the district.

He said that the stories with impact on COVID-19 enforcement and prevention, road safety awareness, gender based violence and child marriages prevention among others will be rewarded.

“Proactive reporting on safety and security activities will be targeted under the initiative. This is an annual trophy, we have just started it and we will continue with the initiative,” he said.

Mchinji District Information Officer, Sarah Munthali, commended Mchinji Police Station for the initiative saying it was motivating to the district’s journalists.

Munthali said the awards will cement the good relationship for the benefit of the vulnerable people whose safety and security will be strengthened through awareness messages.

“This simply shows that Mchinji journalists have a good working relationship with the law enforcers," Munthali said.

She, however, appealed to the journalists in the district to ensure that all materials produced are credible, balanced, fair and verifiable to all sides to avoid misleading the audience.

The winners will be taking home Recorders, Laptops, Bicycles, Cash and certificates of excellence.

In the initiative, Mchinji Police Station has partnered with Organisations such as Story Workshop, Red Cross, World Vision and Journalists Association against AIDS (JournAids)